Knights go for kill against Lions in unfamiliar territory

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 27, 2015 12:08 AM
Knights go for kill against Lions in unfamiliar territory
UNCHARTED WATERS. For the first time in their last three Finals series, Letran owns a 1-0 edge over San Beda.

Games on Tuesday at the MOA Arena

2:00 PM – San Beda vs Arellano (Jrs.)

4:00 PM – San Beda vs Letran (Srs.)

None from five-time defending champion San Beda College know this feeling – not Ola Adeogun who has dominated everyone in his path, not Baser Amer who has won in all his six years in red and white, not Art Dela Cruz who has experienced titles in both collegiate leagues.

And yet, here they are. The Red Lion dynasty is one loss away from crumbling and a fully-confident Colegio de San Juan de Letran will look to finish off a sweep on Tuesday at the MOA Arena.

Game Two of the Finals tips-off at 4:00 PM and all of the action will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com.

Just like their four meetings prior, the first game in the championship round between the archrivals was neck-and-neck. It took some big shots from Kevin Racal and an untimely miscue by Adeogun in the last two minutes to move Letran just one win shy of their first championship in a decade.

A poised Aldin Ayo said in his post-win interview that his boys will “close out the series in Game Two.” With Rey Nambatac back in full health to join forces with Racal and Mark Cruz, no one is questioning the capability of the Knights to prove their coach correct.

Instead, it has been the five-time defending champions who are being hounded by questions especially after Amer and Dela Cruz went missing in Game One. Mentor Jamike Jarin took all the blame and vowed the biggest of bounce backs for the Lions and no one is counting out just yet a squad that has competed in all 10 of the past Finals and triumphed in all but one.

Meanwhile, San Beda’s dynasty in the Juniors division still looks good to finish the season intact. The Red Cubs gun for history against the Arellano High School Braves at 2:00 PM.

San Beda has gone undefeated through 19 games including the playoffs and need just one more win to claim an unprecedented seventh consecutive championship. Trying to solve the six-time defending champions’ all-around offensive will be a Brave unit which remains determined to make even more marks in their first-ever Finals series.

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